The past Premier League season was an absolute thriller as Chelsea won the title despite not being the prohibitive favorite a year ago. Now, as we get set for quickly approaching 2017-18 campaign, all eyes are on the defending champs, the prohibitive favorites and the teams with the best chances of upsetting either.
Can Chelsea go back-to-back after not being named the favorite to do just that? Can Manchester City live up to its billing as the prohibitive favorites to win it all this coming season or will some long shot title contender pull off the upset for the ages? If you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers.
2017-18 Odds & Picks To Win The Premier League Title
The Favorite Pick To Win: Manchester City +180
Will Man City have defensive problems that cause them to come up short in their quest to win the Premier League title in 2017? Manager, Pep apparently needs to re-think his defense-first philosophy and let his newly signed best striker, Aguero, fire away early and often.
Man City added a quartet of stars that cost them a whopping 150 million euros in Aguero, Fernandinho, Sane and Sterling. They’re the favorites simply based on their roster talent level, but will Man City come together to form a cohesive unit or will it be every man for himself? Talent doesn’t always equal chemistry, but Manchester City has plenty of it.
The Smart Pick To Win: Chelsea +350
For me, I like the defending champions to really challenge for consecutive titles if only because they’ve got so many doubters. I like the way Chelsea has kept their core of Hazard, Kante, Luiz, Courtois, Azpi, Pedro and Alonso intact and believe their failure to sign a new player as of yet, was a calculated move that could pay dividends later in the season. The major concern for Chelsea will be finding a suitable replacement for Diego Costa.
The Longshot Pick: Liverpool +1300
You may not know it, but last season, it was Liverpool that recorded the best head-to-head record among the top six teams in the Premier League. Manager, Klopp still needs to sort out his goal keeping issues and the often perplexing inconsistency that his team can show, particularly against mediocre opponents and Liverpool could use a few more big players, but for me, they’re a great longshot title hopeful at +1200 odds.